South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership

Delivering outcomes that benefit users of the railway and the wider community

We recognise the importance of our railways to economic development

The South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership recognises the importance the railway plays in the economy of the area we serve.

One of our core objectives is to encourage economic growth in our area through various opportunities linked to the railway, such as tourism.

Engaging with local businesses will be an important part of our work.

We have, under the Partnership’s previous incarnation, produced and distributed line guides for the Ayr to Stranraer line, promoting the destinations along the line to prospective visitors. We will be looking to bring out further guides in the future under our new name for the lines across our area. 

We are also keen to continue to make the case for railway tourism to the area, specifically steam hauled charter trains into Stranraer. 

We have previously demonstrated the huge potential to the local economies of Stranraer and other stops on the line from Ayr by arranging several steam hauled charters to the town, drawing crowds of thousands to the area. 

As part of our desire to provide a significant boost to the area, we have also been actively pressing the case for Stranraer's harbour station to be restored with Victorian features, reflecting its original look and heritage. As Britain's oldest working harbour station, we believe that plugging in to this heritage, coupled with the interest in steam hauled charters throughout Britain, can bring benefits to the local economy through this additional tourism.

For more information about our work in this area, please email the Partnership.


Become a member for just £10 a year

Become a member of the South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership for just £10 a year. You will be kept informed about projects and campaigns we run, opportunities to volunteer in a wide range of projects and you will be able to help shape the organisation by voting at the Annual General Meeting where you can also put yourself forward for election to a Board position on the Board of Directors. For further information, please send an email.

© South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership, Girvan Railway Station, Vicarton Street, Girvan, KA26 9JF

Company No: SC460916   |   Scottish Charity No: SC039478 

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